r ranson wrote:I took the elastic out and there is lots of fabric. That's one of the things that attracts me to this brand is that they always have a generous hem and seam allowance.
The elastic is over an inch thick, so I think maybe I'll put it back in the back and use the ties for the front third. what do you think?
I won't have access to my sewing machine until the weekend, so I have lots of time to plan.
It's just I hate having a bow in front like that.
r ranson wrote:Toying with so many different places to put this. In the end, I decided on Frugality because that's my main motivation in this quest.
I like wearing skirts. They are comfortable, functional and fun. Given my druthers, and the right skirt, I would rather wear a skirt for farm work than jeans. Year round. No matter the weather. No matter the task. Birthing a lamb or planting seeds, even wrestling my 500+pound feral rescue llama is better done in a skirt.
Finding the right skirt, however, has always been the problem. Not every skirt is suited to wrangling geese. On top of that, most modern clothing processing has social and environmental issues. When I do find a skirt that seems okay, it usually wears out in a month. The quality of the sewing or fabric is just not good enough. Then there is the fact that I'm piss poor on a finite income that wouldn't cover groceries if I didn't grow half my food. So I thought, why not make my own skirt?
Four over 6 years now, I've spent hours scouring sewing patterns, but can find nothing appropriate. In a decade, I've only found two skirts that are practical for around the farm and look decent enough to wear into town. However, they are both too short. Maybe I can design my own skirt?
Anyone want to help?
My sewing skills include: following directions, making darts, sewing buttons and buttonholes, straight stitch on my machine, and enclosed seams. It's an old treadle machine, so no zigzag. I have limited success designing my own pattern. Mostly failure. But how hard can a skirt be?
My ideal skirt pattern is...
between calf and ankle length is adjustable for different seasons and cloth (linen and wool mostly) is made with woven fabric has optional pockets looks good enough to wear into town - aka a style not to weird by modern standards has enough space that I can run or dig or whatever needs doing on the farm has a flat panel on the front - to stop it draping into the fire can have a button or elastic waste, but mostly button has the option of including a lining, especially for wool skirts in winter not a wrap around - they don't hold together with the kind of farming I do can be made cheaply using whatever fabric is on hand is durable - which I suspect has more to do with materials and construction techniques Must cover my knees because I think they are ugly, even if they aren't I just don't like other people seeing them
So what do you think? Does my perfect practical skirt already exist or am I going to have to design my own?
My next step is to take my favourite skirt and lay it down on a scrap of paper and trace a pattern. Then I'll make a mock up and get the size right.